“This World Art Day is a timely reminder that art can unite and connect us even in the most difficult of circumstances. Indeed, the power of art to bring people together, to inspire, heal and share, has become increasingly clear during recent conflicts and crises, including COVID-19.“ – Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
Friday is World Art Day, a time to promote and honor the creativity of individuals from around the world. It was first declared by the International Association of Art in 2012 and is celebrated on April 15 in honor of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. He was chosen as a “symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood, and multiculturalism.”
The term “art” can encompass many things: Painting, sculpture, fashion design, spoken word, music, animation, and writing. It can be a profession or a hobby. It can be an activity enjoyed once or twice in your lifetime or something you pour your heart and soul into every day.
Art is an interpretation of joy and sorrow.
Art is a representation of hope and loss.
Art is a form of self-expression and self-realization.
Art is, as described by Albert Einstein, “the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest ways.”
Celebrate this upcoming World Art Day by making some art of your own! Here are ten ideas to get you started. Sign up for a local pottery or painting class. Pull out your children’s crayons and join them at the kitchen table. Make a Tik Tok video. Bake a loaf of bread. Art is an expression, and it can take infinite forms.
You can also celebrate by supporting local artists: Visit their galleries, purchase original artwork, buy their music, share their stories on your Facebook page, attend their open mic nights, volunteer your time.
Art has a way of reaching across social, racial, and economic stereotypes. It helps build communities. It helps build self-esteem. Art can foster a sense of purpose like nothing else can, bringing beauty and meaning into a world where the ugliness of humanity threatens to overshadow the good.
Art is life.
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